Do not be Afraid

Draughting Theology

Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid…”

The phrase “do not be afraid” appears quite often in the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments.  It is quite rare, however, for those words to be spoken by a human being.  The first such occurrence happens in Genesis 35:17 when Rachel’s midwife tell her to “do not be afraid” just before she died during the birth of Benjamin, who she named Ben-oui which means “son of my sorrow.”  Later in Genesis, as Joseph forgives his brothers for what they did to him, he admonishes them to “have no fear” (Genesis 50:19, 21).  Twice, Moses speaks to a terrified Hebrew people.  He tells them, “do not be afraid” on the edge of the Red Sea the Egyptian army rapidly approaches (Exodus 14:13).  Later, at the foot of Mount Sinai, the people are convinced that hearing the voice of God will be their end, but Moses assures…

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